The Dayton Flyers look to stay hot when they battle the Rhode Island Rams in a key Atlantic 10 Conference matchup on Friday night. The Flyers (13-7, 5-2), who have won five of six, are coming off a 68-61 win over Fordham on Tuesday. The Rams (12-6, 3-3), who have dropped two in a row, fell to Richmond 70-63 on Tuesday. Dayton has posted wins in four of the last five meetings with Rhode Island.
Tipoff from University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, is set for 7 p.m. ET. Dayton leads the all-time series 23-18. The Flyers are six-point favorites in the latest Rhode Island vs. Dayton odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 123.5. Before making any Dayton vs. Rhode Island picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Dayton vs. Rhode Island, and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Rhode Island vs. Dayton:
- Rhode Island vs. Dayton spread: Dayton -6
- Rhode Island vs. Dayton over-under: 123.5 points
- URI: The Rams are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight Friday games
- DAY: The Flyers are 5-1 ATS in their last six Friday games
Why Dayton can cover
The Flyers have six players averaging seven points or more, and are led by freshman forward DaRon Holmes II. The three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week is averaging 11.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. He is five blocked shots away from tying Steve McElvene’s school record of 55. He had 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field in the win over Kansas in November, and had 19 points on 8 of 13 field goals and 12 rebounds in the victory over Fordham on Tuesday.
Freshman guard Malachi Smith is also off to a solid start to his collegiate career. He is averaging 10.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Smith, also a three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds vs. both Kansas and Belmont in the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando, Fla., in November. He scored 16 points and dished out 11 assists at Ole Miss on Dec. 18, and had 12 assists against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 18.
Why Rhode Island can cover
The Rams have two players averaging double-figure scoring, led by redshirt sophomore center Makhel Mitchell. He is averaging 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 1.7 assists in 18 games this season. He has been the team’s most consistent player, scoring in double figures in 11 of 18 games, including all six Atlantic 10 contests. He is averaging 14.2 points per game in conference games, and matched his career high of 20 points in the win at Massachusetts on Jan. 15.
With senior guard Jeremy Sheppard (right shoulder) possibly missing his second consecutive game, the Rams will look for other players to compensate for his absence. One of those is sophomore forward Makhi Mitchell, who averages 9.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. He has scored in double figures 10 times this season, and has grabbed 22 rebounds over the past two games, including 12 against Richmond. He has five games with 10 or more rebounds, including a career-high 18 rebounds in the team’s win over Bryant on Nov. 12.
How to make Rhode Island vs. Dayton picks
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